Voices of Vapers: Tales From a Globetrotter’s Fight for Tobacco Harm Reduction (Guest: Dimitris Agrafiotis)Podcast -
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, Dimitris Agrafiotis joins Lindsey Stroud to discuss his history in the vaping community. Dimitris is executive director of the Tennessee Smoke Free Association, president of the Global eVapor Consulting and a host at SmokeFreeRadio. Dimitris and Lindsey discuss his efforts in Tennessee, the role of state and federal advocacy associations, self-regulation from the vaping industry, Dimitris’ efforts in the European Union, China, and how vaping is not Big Tobacco. You can find out more information about the Tennessee Smoke Free Association at http://tnsmokefree.org/. You can reach Dimitris at https://www.facebook.com/vapingreek.
Voices of Vapers – The Fight for Vaping in the Empire State (Guest: Andrew Osborne)Podcast -
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, Andrew Osborne, vice president of the New York State Vapor Association (NYSVA) joins Lindsey to discuss a proposed flavor ban in the state of New York. NYSVA is an advocacy organization that supports more than 700 New York vaping businesses and more than 2,700 employees. The board has been advising researcher, legislators, government agencies, and industry stakeholders for eight years on local, state, federal and international issues. Andrew is the president and co-founder of Vapor Trail Electronic Inc., one of the first vapor retail stores in New York State.
Lindsey and Andrew talk about his history in the vaping industry, why New York’s proposed flavor ban is different than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent decision to restrict access to flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores, and NYSVA’s efforts in the Empire State. For more information about NYSVA, please visit nysva.org.
Voices of Vapers – Catching Up With the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (Guest Mark Anton)Podcast -
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, Mark Anton, executive director of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) joins Lindsey to discuss SFATA’s work in 2018. SFATA is a national advocacy organization representing member companies at local, state and federal levels. Mark is an early pioneer of vaping, CEO and founder of What A Smoke, LLC, an electronic cigarette and vaping device manufacturer and distributor. Mark is also a legislative director for federal matters for the New Jersey Vapor Rights Coalition. Lindsey and Mark talk about the early days of vaping, legislation in New Jersey threatening vaping, SFATA’s work on industry standards and what to expect from SFATA’s annual conference in Austin this year. For more information on SFATA, please visit sfata.org.
Voices of Vapers: An Overview of the Vaping Industry (Guest: Tony Abboud)Podcast -
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, state government relations manager Lindsey Stroud talks with Tony Abboud, executive director of the Vapor Technology Association (VTA). VTA is a national trade organization representing manufacturers, wholesalers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs who have developed innovative and quality vapor products. Lindsey and Tony discuss how he found himself in the vaping industry, VTA’s work in preventing youth access to vapor products, VTA’s 50 State Joint Defense Strategy, and the organization’s work on ensuring access to flavors for adult e-cigarette users. Tony also discusses VTA’s third annual Vapor Game Plan conference, taking place in Austin, TX December 4-5. You can find more information about VTA at vaportechnology.org
Voices of Vapers: E-Liquids, Regulations, and the Federal Government (Guest: Jennifer Higginbotham)Podcast -
In this episode of Voices of Vapers, Jennifer Higginbotham joins the podcast to discuss e-liquids and regulations imposed by the federal government on manufacturers. Jennifer is Chief Operating Officer of HiggyCigs, an e-liquid manufacturer that has been operating since 2014. Jennifer and Lindsey discuss Jennifer’s journey into electronic cigarettes, vaping devices and her company. They also talk about and how Jennifer was instrumental in helping streamline the process of product registration. She accomplished this by working with various manufacturers and the Center for Tobacco Products at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.